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  • @spinhead Feb 2019

    50th anniversary of the most powerful prog rock album ever made (and possibly the first) made me go looking for early live stuff.

    They opened for the Stones at the Brian Jones memorial a month after said chap's death.

    I like to imagine the stunned body blow confusion as Stones fans were assaulted by the opening number, 21st Century Schizoid Man (the album had not been released, so no one anywhere had heard it before.)

    Spend 6 minutes seeing why Robert Fripp is still doing any blessed thing he wants with the guitar, and why Greg Lake was so very important to ELP (and, perhaps, why I totally lost interest in Foreigner after Ian MacDonald left.)

  • @howthenightcame Feb 2019

    I heard 21st century schizoid man played at full volume in a rock bar here in Tokyo last month. Absolutely staggering. Took the top of my head clean off!!

  • @fuzzy  Feb 2019

    Yup, that first track on the first album is one of my favorites.
    They're still touring, as well.
    I love Crimso.

  • @lemonstar Feb 2019

    As a proud owner of a mint copy of the original Giles, Giles and Fripp album I am totally with you on this; it must have been a mind blowing moment. After Exposure (which has some great songs and collaborators on it) and Beat/Discipline & Three of.. I've been frustrated, in the main, with Fripp's rather restrained and overly academic recorded output because so much of the KC live output has always shown off a band that (whatever the line up) could back-flip effortlessly along the line between complete control and utter chaos.

  • @mikeb Feb 2019

    I had never heard of them until I saw a band do Court of the Crimson King live at a nightclub-bar I used to frequent! The soundman used to play the mellotron from his soundboard position!
    Recently I played 'Epitaph' solo acoustic at a couple of open mics.

  • @jamkar  Feb 2019

    One of my more worldly friends turned me on to that album in high school. I never forgot it. Then I got to turn my grandson on to it in Guitar Hero. When it started, he said, "I assume it's going to get harder." I said "Oh yeah!"

  • @pocketnaomi  Feb 2019

    I was introduced to King Crimson when I was 14, by the same friend who first played me Pink Floyd and the Alan Parsons Project. It was an interesting year. 😀

  • @dasbinky  Feb 2019

    Uh, hey guys? The geezer thread is over here:


    I kid, I kid. Kinda. 😁

  • @spinhead Feb 2019

    @dasbinky Thing about geezers, we can geeze just about anywhere.

    Now get off my lawn, punk.

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  Feb 2019

    @dasbinky LOL.

  • @edwardsmusic Feb 2019

    I didn't know this thread existed. Good lord, what am I missing?
    I just listened to that album (and Robert Fripp's Exposure) yesterday.

  • @karan  Feb 2019

    This was the soundtrack of my misspent youth! 😀

  • @headfirstonly  Feb 2019

    Saw the current, three-drummer lineup in Cardiff last Halloween. They have taken it to the next level. A quite extraordinary band, as ever.

  • @klaus  Feb 2019

    One of the all time greatest progressive albums ... or any genre, really. Cool album cover too. 😀

  • @calumcarlyle  Feb 2019

    I had the chance to go and see King Crimson live a month or two ago, for the first time, and by hell they were awesome, although they did every song from Court of the Crimson King EXCEPT Schizoid Man!

    I am told that they also omitted the song on their Glasgow date the day before, but you know, they got away with it!

  • @headfirstonly  Feb 2019

    @klaus That cover is unforgettable. And now available on a PRS guitar:

  • @eargoggle  Feb 2019

    Wow @spinhead thanks for posting that! Or rather, damn you! Because I just spent 40 minutes that i should have been working (or at least blowing off work and writing a song!) listening to that incredible concert...what a band, what a band. And Greg Lake, what a singer! Man...

  • @spinhead Feb 2019

    @calumcarlyle Mystifying they'd skip that. But then, without Greg, but then, on the other hand, John Wetton or Boz Burrell.

    Oops, both also gone.

    Who's gonna sing all the songs now Lake is gone?

    @eargoggle You're welcome 😀

  • @zecoop  Feb 2019

    @spinhead - Jakko Jakszyk sings in the current line up and does an amazing job. Saw them last year and it was a killer show. 😀

    (and that's not even the most recent line up)

  • @spinhead Feb 2019

    Oh my giddy aunt. There we go. Thanks @zecoop

    Hey, how 'bout the big man on the bass? 😉 Love seeing Tony Levin do anything, ever, anywhere.

  • @w1n  Feb 2019

    More a fan of the Larks Tongues/Red line up, but 21st Century is one of my favorites of theirs. Also a sweet spot for Islands, probably just because it was the first album I heard. Saw them 2 years ago, glad I got to see them, but a bit too much drums and unnecessary use of saxophone/flute, it would have been better if he just played on the songs that had woodwinds originally.

  • @fuzzy  Feb 2019

    I agree, @spinhead, Tony Levin is a bass god.
    My favorite Crimso album is the one that everyone else seems to hate; "Lizard". 😞

  • @eargoggle  Feb 2019

    @fuzzy I love Lizard...haters just don't get it, their loss!

  • @edwardsmusic Feb 2019

    To be honest, I think "In the Court of the Crimson King" is the only King Crimson album I've ever heard in its entirety (it's the only studio album of theirs to be rated 5/5 stars on Allmusic).
    Other than that, I've heard quite a handful of their other works. Robert Fripp is of course my favourite member, being the only person to contribute to every single one of their albums.

  • @coolparadiso  Feb 2019

    i remember that if you wanted to even look a complete nut you had to have a copy of C of the CK. im so anti trend that i almost didnt sucumb but oh boy the music - you just had to!

  • @coolparadiso  Feb 2019

    not a complete nut that is

  • @mrblitz000 Feb 2019

    while '20th century schizoid man' scared my pants nearly right off, i'd definitely thought at the time that there were some seriously beautiful fripp playing on that album... i were never much of a fan of the 'krimz' but my friend sure were... and their neighbors probably knew about it, too...

  • @headfirstonly  Feb 25

    This, from @dunwich and myself, may be of interest to readers of this thread. We had great fun putting this together.

  • @spinhead Feb 25

    @headfirstonly @dunwich I am wallowing in it right now. Sweet and solid.

  • @edwardsmusic May 28

    I don't know if anyone is going to read this at this point (and quite frankly, I don't care), but for this year's Rocktober I intend to cover all five songs from In the Court of the Crimson King (and do my best to do them exactly the same as the studio recordings).
    It will be a difficult, but not impossible task.

  • @chrishope May 28

    bring on rocktober, lets get very silly....please

  • @zecoop  May 28

    Sounds like a great challenge @edwardsmusic !! Looking forward to hearing it. 😀

  • @lowhum Jun 3

    This was the signal for ending our national Bulgarian TV1 - listen to the end!
    These were socialist/communist times and we as children, if we were let to, finally would hear that...
    Years later after the regime collapsed and music was "more free" I heard that album the first time and I couldn't escape but notice the similarity...
    They've been doing the same thing in many different places - nice progressive people 😀) Pink Floyd in the planetarium...
    Funny thing - our Bulgarian folk music is full of irregular rhythms - 7/8, 5/8, 9/8 - you name it - so what goes around...

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